I’ll Be Glad When “Pink October” is Over!

Breast Cancer Awareness

On many levels, October gets on my nerves.

Breast Cancer Awareness month is mentally and emotionally exhausting.

I’m tired of all the “Walk for a Cure” events. I’m tired of pink ribbons everywhere. And I just really can’t stand NFL players and personnel proudly displaying pink for the entire month.

I know full well that I’m treading on sacred ground here. But, before you jump all over my case, let me remind you that my own mother died from breast cancer. I was with her every step of the way as she dealt with the ravages of cancer. I have a personal opinion on this matter, as well as an educated one. It’s sacred to me, too.

I’m not “un-feeling” or “cold-hearted” when it comes to breast cancer.

Quite the contrary, in fact.

Cancer scares the crap out of me.

I do despise the pink ribbon campaigns, however.

I appreciate any effort to provide emotional support and connections for those dealing with breast cancer, as well as their loved ones. I agree with honoring those who are ‘fighting the battle’ or who have ‘lost the battle’.  I wholeheartedly agree with honoring the people.

I just disagree with the lies and propaganda surrounding what the mainstream presents as “prevention” and “research for a cure” when it comes to their fundraising.

Let’s not confuse the issue (or pull on our heart strings by exploiting “survivors”) by leading us to believe we’re any closer to a medical cure or preventing cancer in the first place. Nope, not with the current focus of ‘research’ at least.

I’m also a little unclear as to who on earth, in this day and age, in our culture, might be UNaware of breast cancer at this point… to the extent that money needs to be raised to increase their awareness??!!

More money does not mean less cancer.

Prevention means not developing cancer in the first place. That’s not a drug or pharmaceutical problem to be solved, in my mind. That’s largely an issue of epigenetics – what ‘environment’ our cells are most consistently exposed to that will determine our genetic expression.

Hard to patent that and financially profit from it, I suppose.

I’m not dogmatic enough that I wouldn’t love it if a drug came on the market that could actually cure cancer AND not cause additional harm.

I would have done just about anything for my mom, if I thought it would save her life &/or improve the quality of her life.

The thing is, I believe there are already cures out there. I’m not alone.

When I hear “research for a cure”, it gets translated in my head to “research for a pharmaceutical-based cure that we can make billions from”.

Cynical? Maybe. Maybe not.

Again, my eyes are wide open. I know this is sacred ground.

No matter how the numbers are spun, the incidence of breast cancer is NOT declining. The mainstream does not have the answers to cancer. There’s more “statistical trickery” than we could possibly shake a stick at.

I’ve said it a million times here: I choose to believe that the individuals working on the front lines of the cancer industry do so because they feel they can really make a difference… that they’re offering the best care possible. I’ve met some lovely people over the past 12 years in dealing with cancer in our family.

The theory and science of conventional oncology are what troubles me… not the people working from within who truly believe in what they’re doing and saying. Well, at least for the most part they don’t trouble me! There are times…

Every October, our town hosts an expo event that caters to women. Of course, the entire theme is related to breast cancer. Breast cancer “awareness”… breast cancer “prevention”… breast cancer “early detection”. There is pink e-v-e-r-y-w-h-e-r-e. Ribbons, balloons, goodie bags, cookies & cupcakes…

Hundreds and hundreds of women attend this event. It’s the perfect demographic, if you will, for our Wellness practice… since it’s typically women who make the health care decisions for their family. It’s a smart business decision for me to be there.

I’ve participated as a vendor for the majority of years we’ve been in practice. I’ve even been a featured speaker a few times. It’s an event with the best of intentions.

But, I just couldn’t do it this year.

Every year, I cringe while I’m there. Every year, my heart gets ripped out of my chest when I hear the lies and see the propaganda everywhere… and meet the women who have bought into it… and hear their stories and listen to what they’ve been told and how they’ve chosen to treat breast cancer.

The main financial purpose of the event is to raise funds for women who can’t afford mammograms… i.e. “early detection”. Thank goodness they changed the verbiage on that a few years ago, because they used to call that “prevention”.

If a mammogram doesn’t detect a problem ’til it’s there, obviously that’s not “preventing” anything!

On a side note, I’m not a fan of mammograms, in general. Radiating breast tissue while it’s being deformed is questionable at best. I’m a much bigger fan of self-exams and non-invasive thermography.

Here’s the thing that really gets to me now with this women’s event – a few years back, alcohol was added to the mix. Pink martinis “FOR THE CAUSE” became all the rage.

Add that to the toxic food served at the venue AND all the baked goods, sweets, and junk food offered at countless vendors’ booths, and I just couldn’t take the hypocrisy of it anymore!

Sugar is food for cancer.

Encouraging women to get boozed up and loaded up with cookies & cupcakes adorned with pink icing… FOR THE SAKE OF CANCER PREVENTION AND A CURE… is bordering on criminal in my mind.

Like I said, the intentions are good.

The actions are ludicrous.

If I choose to have a glass of wine or a martini or a cookie or a cupcake, I do so with the understanding that it’s NOT a healthy, immune-supportive choice. And, I certainly don’t CELEBRATE my unhealthy choice. It’s not something I’d encourage, for crying out loud.

I’m all about “feeling good”… and feeling connected to others. That’s part of a healthy life, too. There’s just something about presenting cancer-provoking choices in a positive light, at an event aimed at a “cure for cancer” that makes my stomach turn.

I don’t have the answers to walking that fine line of “enjoying life” (or, more accurately, enjoying the “tasty toxins” of life!) and living a lifestyle that prevents serious illness like cancer. I guess we could all be better about celebrating and enjoying more of our healthy choices, and not so much the unhealthy ones.

Let’s be honest. More money does NOT mean less cancer… particularly when we continue to spend our money on an idea that’s flawed from the get-go.

If we truly want to talk about “preventing” cancer, the conversation needs to shift to educating people about proactive choices, rather than reactive treatments.

And, if we miss the boat when it comes to prevention (as many of us will in this very toxic world where it’s predicted that 1 out of every 2 of us will develop cancer in our lifetime), then we need “reactive” treatments that don’t simultaneously destroy our health &/or we need to be informed of supportive measures that can be taken alongside the more hardcore treatments. It’s called Integrative care. There should be no pedestals in cancer care.

We need to talk about choices that support and enhance the integrity of our cell function… not sabotage our cell function. Let’s spend some money on that.

Now, I know many of you are reading this thinking, “But, wait! My friend/mom/grandmother/aunt/sister had breast cancer and did the chemo and radiation and takes hormonal medication… and she’s FINE years later!” Thank God. Truly.

I love those stories! I am human, remember? In fact, you may recall that I’ve repeatedly requested those stories for a project I’m working on that will focus on the very human side of the cancer journey. There are “survivors” in both camps of cancer treatment, no doubt.

While I love the individual stories of overcoming cancer (and the conventional treatment for cancer) and rebuilding health, I still just strongly dislike the large-scale brainwashing, statistical spinning, flawed theories, hypocrisy, and fear-mongering that is at an all-time high when October rolls around each year.

I sincerely support each individual in making the treatment choices that feel right for them. After considering your countless options, both holistic and mainstream, and chemotherapy or radiation is what you truly feel will help you the most, then do chemo or radiation!  (I pray you do supportive integrative care, too). On an individual basis, do what you’ve gotta’ do! Everyone else can bugger off.

Again, just quit with the large-scale lies to the entire population.

I don’t think we know what we’d really do as individuals until faced with that situation head-on. Who knows what I would opt for to “knock cancer down” a bit so that I could get to the work of restoring health and function? I could sit here at my desk and claim that I’d “never choose dangerous conventional oncology.” That would be ignorant and foolish on my part. I simply don’t know.

Having said that, I’m still fairly certain there are some conventional treatments that I’d have a hard time wrapping my scientific brain around… like lopping my breasts off because “cancer runs in my family”. It doesn’t work like that. That would give me no peace of mind whatsoever.

I also wouldn’t assume that I’m “cancer-free” after treatment. I’d spend the rest of my life making choices that would keep cancer at bay and health at the forefront. Cancer is a chronic illness that can be successfully managed.

The more we take the initiative and time to learn, the more aware we are of our many options, the more diverse (and successful) our personal treatment choices will be if the time ever comes. That’s where our efforts to raise awareness are needed… regarding the options we have. Neither of my parents were presented with ANY options – it was like a cookbook recipe where there were no substitutions allowed whatsoever for fear of bucking the system.

Ridiculous.

On a personal note, October is also the month that we took my mom in to the hospital, and she never came out. It’s the month that I spent her final weeks with her. It’s the month that I sobbed as I packed a suitcase for an undetermined length of time… knowing that I most likely also needed to pack clothes for a funeral. It’s the month I watched my best friend suffer and slip away a bit more each day. It’s the month I watched my Dad have his heart ripped out… and felt his fear and agony each and every day. All those pink balloons and ribbons in the hospital didn’t change a thing.

Yes, I’ll be glad when October is over.

The real solutions for the long run lie outside the pink.

 

 

I know the place I’d start my cancer recovery… it would be with the work of Dr. Kevin Conners.

 

 

 

Dr. Colleen Trombley-VanHoogstraat (“Dr Mom Online”) is a popular authority figure in Natural Health & Wellness. She is a Doctor of Chiropractic with 18 years of hands-on clinical experience in the Wellness Practice she shares with her husband, Dr. Marc VanHoogstraat, in Michigan. She is also the proud (home schooling) mom of two rather fabulous youngsters.

Her unique perspective of the science of Wellness  provides predictable solutions and transformational results for those struggling with chronic health issues, as well as those seeking lifelong health. To discover her simple strategies for creating better health through nutrition, movement and mindset, regularly visit http://DrMomOnline.comhttp://Facebook.com/DrMomOnline and http://Twitter.com/DrMomOnline.

Also, check out her available books at http://amazon.com/author/drcolleen .

For more information about working privately with Dr. Colleen and Dr. Marc in an Investigative & Functional Health Recovery Program for any number of metabolic and health issues, such as thyroid imbalance, weight loss resistance, hormonal imbalance, food sensitivity & gut permeability, cellular detoxification, and more, please contact Dr. Colleen directly at info@drmomonline.com or http://Facebook.com/DrMomOnline. Highly successful personalized distance programs are available.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sexual CPR? Tune In To Dr. Anna Cabeca Tonight!

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Tonight's featured doc: Dr. Anna Cabeca

 

Hopefully you’ve been enjoying the “7 Days with 7 Celebrity Docs” webinar series so far…

 

Even if you haven’t had the chance to listen in yet, you’ll be able to register at any time through the end of the series (it ends on Wednesday the 15th). Remember, it’s FREE! Yay!

 

Tonight’s featured doc is Dr. Anna Cabeca.

 

>>> You can go HERE to register, or to get more information. <<<

 

 Dr. Anna Cabeca is a board certified Gynecologist and Obstetrician, as well as board certified in Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine, an expert in Functional Medicine, and an all-around expert in women’s health!

 

She will be interviewed by celebrity fitness & nutrition guru, JJ Virgin, at 8pm Eastern / 5pm Pacific.

 

Dr. Cabeca specializes in bio-identical hormone replacement therapy and natural alternatives, successful menopause and age management medicine.

 

Dr. Cabeca has helped thousands of women with her “Sexual CPR” course. Tonight she’ll answer your toughest questions on sexual and reproductive health, bio-identical hormone replacement therapy and other natural alternatives.

  {Register Here.}

 

 If you need my help accessing the webinars, or the archived recordings, or any of your bonuses please let me know!

 

Also, if you’d like me to help “translate” what you’re learning into strategic action steps, I can do that!

 

 

Featured docs coming up next in “7 Days with 7 Celebrity Docs”:

 

Saturday the 11th: Dr. Frank Lipman ~ known among Hollywood “A-Listers” for his super-effective detoxification protocols. He has been featured on Extra and Access Hollywood.

 

Monday the 13th: Dr. Hyla Cass ~ author of 8 books including “Natural Highs: The Addicted Brain and How to Break Free”. She’s been featured on Dr. Oz and The View. She will discuss how to deal with ANY addiction naturally.

 

Tuesday the 14th: Dr. Michael Finkelstein ~ author of soon-to-be-released “77 Questions for Skillful Living”. Better questions lead to better answers. Featured in The New York Times, on CNN, ABC News, and Martha Steward Living Radio.

 

Wednesday the 15th: Dr. William Davis ~ bestselling author of “The Wheat Belly: Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight”. Featured, well… he’s been featured just about everywhere lately!

 

 

Dr. Colleen Trombley-VanHoogstraat (“Dr Mom Online”) is a leading expert in Natural Health & Wellness. She is a Doctor of Chiropractic with 18 years of hands-on clinical experience in the Wellness Practice she shares with her husband, Dr. Marc VanHoogstraat, in Michigan. She is also the proud (home schooling) mom of two rather fabulous youngsters.

Her unique perspective of the science of Wellness  provides predictable solutions and transformational results for those struggling with chronic health issues, as well as those seeking lifelong health. To discover her simple strategies for creating better health through nutrition, movement and mindset, regularly visit http://DrMomOnline.comhttp://Facebook.com/DrMomOnline and http://Twitter.com/DrMomOnline.

Also, check out her available books at http://amazon.com/author/drcolleen .

For more information about working privately with Dr. Colleen and Dr. Marc in an Integrative Health Recovery Program for any number of metabolic and health issues, such as thyroid imbalance, weight loss resistance, hormonal imbalance, food sensitivity & gut permeability, cellular detoxification, and more, please contact Dr. Colleen directly at trombley68@gmail.com. Distance programs are available.

 

 

 

Hey, Ladies… You Need to Know Dr. Sara Gottfried!

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Do you ever wish you could get a Harvard-educated doc on the phone and ask the gazillion questions you have about your health and well being?

Well, it looks like your wish just came true!

A colleague of mine, Dr. Sara Gottfried MD, author of “The Hormone Cure”, is offering a free webinar next week called, “Fast Track Your Hormone Cure: The 3 Signs Your Hormones Are Out of Whack + How to Fix Them in 10 Days.”
Plus, she’s throwing in a real, live Q & A session at the end! (Get those gazillion questions ready!)
Guess who’s interviewing the highly entertaining, super brainy, tell-it-like-it-is Dr. Sara? None other than my favorite “celebrity” nutrition and fitness expert, and New York Times-bestselling author, JJ Virgin.
Quite the dynamic duo!
If you’ve not yet crossed paths with Dr. Sara, check her out. She’s a hoot to read, and has taken that Harvard education as a starting point to launch her medical career into a more “integrative” direction in health care. Nice. I love that about her!

 

(You can register right here for Dr. Sara and JJ’s “webjam” coming up on March 11th at 3pm EST: https://pi127.infusionsoft.com/go/ftyhc/a72 )

Wonder what this webjam and Dr. Sara’s approach is all about?
Consider these questions…

  • Do you wonder why life feels like it’s harder than it should be?
  • Why you’re running task to task, but getting nowhere?
  • Do you often feel cranky, agitated, or like your fuse is way too short at times?
  • Do you feel fat or often over-eat?
  • Are you often forgetful or feel like you’re in a brain fog?
  • Is  sex the last thing on your mind most days/nights?

Chances are, you’re a woman who needs to know how to reset your hormones! Dr. Sara has been teaching her patients and clients exactly how to do this for many years now.
In her new book, Dr. Sara outlines 97 tried-and-true, often over-looked ways to fix these hormonal imbalances naturally, and she’ll be sharing several of these during the webjam.
There’s no mystery here.

Women know they’re tired.
Women know they’re overweight.
Women know they’re chronically stressed.
Women know they’re uninterested in sex.
What most women don’t know is why, and better yet, what to do about it. They don’t know about what Dr. Sara calls the “needle movers” – the small hinges that swing the big doors.

Here’s a great thought: Dr. Sara says that it’s easier to fix your hormones naturally than to live with the misery of hormone imbalance. Woo hoo!

Dr. Sara “biohacked” her own hormones in her 30s after deciding that enough was enough. She fixed her PMS, low libido, hair loss, and muffin top in 3 months!
Then, she applied her special protocol, now called The Gottfried Protocol, to her next 10,000 clients over the next 10 years.
The results were fantastic ~ 10,000 women got into hormone balance.
Now, she’s sharing her methods with the rest of us!
Monday March 11th … mark that calendar!
I already registered… and guess what I found out? You get free gifts just for registering! How cool is that?!
I received a couple chapters from Dr. Sara’s book AND JJ Virgin’s Fast Fitness Video download, which is not available anywhere else!
Check it out for yourself… you can register here https://pi127.infusionsoft.com/go/ftyhc/a72
From Dr. Sara:

The Hormone Cure by Dr. Sara Gottfried, M.D. shares revolutionary insight into hormonal balance, and the role it plays in our daily lives.

This is not the “exercise more, eat less” diet book you’ve seen thousands of times; The Hormone Cure presents a brand new way of looking at women’s health – a way that works.

Using her 20 years of experience as a practicing and board-certified gynecologist, yoga-powered champion of radical health, and one-time frazzled working mom, Dr. Sara explains how hormonal imbalances – rampant in modern society – hijack women’s metabolism, sex drive, and energy levels. Using The Gottfried Protocol, she shares the science and solutions of hormone balancing.

 

Dr. Sara: “My audacious goal is to balance the hormones of one million women in 2013 – want to be one of them?” https://pi127.infusionsoft.com/go/ftyhc/a72

Dr. Sara’s book is practical and useful. It includes quizzes, case studies, diet and exercise suggestions, and best of all, it helps create a hormone-balancing plan based on your specific needs. You’ll love it.
It’s like a concierge appointment for the price of a book.
Oh, and for all of you thinking… “Yeah, but I’ve got some really serious, chronic stuff going on…“, I get it. Stick around. Get on this webinar, take a listen to what Dr. Sara has to say. Then, if you need help digging a little deeper and investigating exactly what’s going on with YOU… I can help.
We can talk about which functional diagnostic tests would be most beneficial for you… and what type of Metabolic Recovery program(s) would specifically address your health concerns. I’ve gotcha’ covered!
 (I’ll talk more about that in an upcoming post.)
“See” you on the webjam! Oh, and don’t wait to register… there are limited spots available!
Let me know if I’ll “see” you there on Monday!

 

Dr. Colleen Trombley-VanHoogstraat (“Dr Mom Online”) is a leading expert in Natural Health & Wellness. She is a Doctor of Chiropractic with 18 years of hands-on clinical experience in the Wellness Practice she shares with her husband, Dr. Marc VanHoogstraat, in Michigan. She is also the proud mom of two rather fabulous youngsters.

Her unique perspective of the science of Wellness  provides predictable solutions and transformational results for those struggling with chronic health issues, as well as those seeking lifelong health. To discover her simple strategies for creating better health through nutrition, movement and mindset, regularly visit http://DrMomOnline.comhttp://Facebook.com/DrMomOnline and http://Twitter.com/DrMomOnline.

Also, check out her available books at http://amazon.com/author/drcolleen .

For more information about working privately with Dr. Colleen in an Integrative Health Recovery Program for any number of metabolic and health issues, such as thyroid imbalance, weight loss resistance, hormonal imbalance, food sensitivity & gut permeability, cellular detoxification, and more, please contact her directly at trombley68@gmail.com. Distance programs are available.

 

Why Bio-Identical Hormones and Hormone Creams Can Be Dangerous

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When we hear the word “hormones”, many of us still think of “female” hormones… and female “issues“… and cranky, emotional women at “certain times of the month”.

It’s not exactly a compliment to be referred to as “hormonal”, now is it?!

In reality, hormones are serious business.

They are critical components of our body’s master communication systems, transmitting messages from various glands to the appropriate receptor sites on cells in order to create the desired outcome. Each hormone has a very specific receptor site on the cell membrane made just for it. It’s like a little garage made especially for one kind of car.

It’s an incredibly intricate and brilliant design. Of course.

Hormones are involved in every physical, mental, and emotional function, not just the feisty female ones, for cryin’ out loud! What century do we live in, anyway?!

Boys and men wouldn’t exist without hormones.

(Some say the same is true of boys and men without women… but I digress…)

Anyhow, the point of this little article IS actually related to “female” hormones and hormonal imbalances.

It’s estimated that close to 90% of the women in this country experience some type of hormonal imbalance or dis-regulation. Wow! You’d think, with that many of us afflicted, that ‘medicine’ would have come up with some solid solutions by now.

Conventional medical treatment often involves hormone replacement therapy, or giving birth control pills, or removing the female reproductive system… or some other way of altering hormone production.

For some, this might be the solution.

Some women opt to forgo these treatment approaches and, instead, choose seemingly safer options like bio-identical hormone replacement or over-the-counter progesterone creams or various self-medicating options.

Most are still attempting to alter or balance the hormones themselves (estrogen and progesterone being the two biggies).

Here’s a twist to the plot…

What if our hormonal issues weren’t actually “hormonal” at all? What if the cause of the hormone imbalance was actually deeper… or “higher upstream”, so to speak?

What if the vast majority of them were actually TOXIN related?

Hmmm…

Then how would artificially tweaking our hormone levels have any real, or lasting success?

Right. It wouldn’t for an overwhelming number of women.

In fact, if you’re not addressing the cause for the hormonal dis-regulation in the first place, you could be creating even more trouble for yourself.

Here’s a brief physiology lesson that will help explain why toxicity must be considered as a potential cause of hormone issues… and pretty much any other health issue!

Your endocrine system is the system responsible for secreting various hormones throughout the body. This system is under the control of the pituitary, which is under the control of the hypothalamus – both in your brain. Your pituitary also regulates other major endocrine glands such as your thyroid and adrenal glands.

Your hypothalamus/pituitary is like the “Houston Control Center”!

There are some toxins that are capable of crossing your “blood brain barrier” and can wreak havoc on this control center. One prevalent example is mercury.

In case you didn’t know, mercury has no business being in our bodies, let alone our brains! Unfortunately, anyone who has silver dental fillings/amalgams (or if your mother had them while you were in the womb), who has been vaccinated, who has received the flu shot, who has worked in a dental office for a long period of time, etc. most likely has mercury in their system. Studies demonstrate that this mercury has an affinity for the hypothalamus/pituitary area of the brain. When mercury tweaks the integrity of your “control center”, the output from that control center is altered. i.e. hormone production and balance.

Additional research has shown that biotoxins from mold or lyme, for example, cause a decrease in certain hormones that are essentially at the top of the hormone cascade, thus affecting the production of every other hormone down the road.

Toxins don’t just ‘swim upstream’ and negatively affect the brain. They affect various tissues and glands throughout the body, as well.

For example, mercury can bind to the specific receptor site for selenium on your thyroid. Remember I mentioned that those receptor sites are supposed to be reserved for the specific hormone it was made for in order for the desired outcome to happen? The garage is made for only one kind of car.

Well, toxins sneak in and take over the garages, so the intended car (hormone) has nowhere to go. (Can you imagine how these freely circulating hormones might throw off your laboratory results??)

Worse yet, your immune system may begin to (accurately) see this new bond that has been created as something foreign and unwelcome… and therefore begin to attack your body’s own thyroid tissue. When the immune system does this, it’s known as an “autoimmune” condition.

When it comes to “female” hormones, estrogen balance is of critical importance, particularly in our modern day lifestyle.

Several environmental toxins alter our estrogen balance and negatively effect the ratio of “good” to “bad” estrogens. One example, of course, is plastics. The BPA and phthalates found in plastics both mimic estrogen and can lead to estrogen dominance.

Does this sound all-too-common when it comes to breast cancer?

Other common environmental triggers for estrogen and other hormonal imbalances are: pesticides, steroids, and antibiotics, to name just a few. We are exposed to more toxins now than at any other time in our known history.

Estrogen dominant cancers are growing in number. Yet, are we properly addressing the underlying causes of hormonal imbalance in the first place?

Although I’ve only scratched the surface here, I believe any approach, whether it’s a conventional medical approach, or a more holistic/natural approach, is woefully incomplete if it’s not addressing toxicity. This, of course, is true of any health condition or challenge.

(I haven’t even addressed the chronic toxicity from physical, mental & emotional, and other chemical sources, such as nutrition! Oy.)

In addition to addressing toxicity (starting at the level of the cell), we can also be more accurate with testing. For example, leading researchers now know that it’s the balance of estrogens in the body that is key to better understanding these hormonally-driven cancers, not just isolated hormonal levels. For example, one valuable test is an estrogen metabolism test that looks at the ratio of “good to bad” estrogens and which toxins are potentially causing the imbalance.

Of course, nothing in the body works in isolation. Therefore, you can’t just look at estrogen and think you’ve got a complete picture of what’s going on. It’s important to know the functional levels of your thyroid, adrenals, and pituitary… for starters!

Are you beginning to see why adding hormones to the mix or applying a hormonal cream may not be your wisest choice? When you alter your hormones, whether it’s synthetically or “naturally”, you end up creating a cascade of events in the body in response.

Plus, you may be barking up the wrong tree… in the wrong park… quite possibly in a completely different city!

I understand that there’s a “time and a place” for some intervention… especially if it’s just intended to be temporary until you really get down to the business of addressing and correcting the cause. I hear ya’. However, just adding hormones, especially without identifying the cause of imbalance, can essentially be like throwing gasoline on an already raging fire!

You know what they say about playing with fire, right?!

 

*** I understand that it can be tricky to know where to start or who to turn to for accurate testing and diagnosis… and then proper treatment protocol. Please let me know if you have questions, need help finding a knowledgeable health care provider, or would like to work with me personally. Thanks to technology, we can work together even if distance is an issue! ***

 

Breasts, Cancer, and the Alcohol Connection.

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When it comes to your breasts, cancer, and alcohol, I have some good news and some bad news.

The “good” news will be a stretch for some!

The good news is that the choices we make will determine the expression of our genes.

Uh-huh. Exciting, isn’t it?

Seriously, though, it means that you are not doomed to the same cancer path that others in your family may have taken. Your lifestyle choices, in large part, determine whether or not things like cancer will ever manifest themselves in your body.

More specifically, as it relates to breast health and your risk for cancer, you can make certain choices that will determine whether estrogen is working for you or against you in your body. Estrogen balance is a key player in breast health… and breast cancer, right?

Ready for the bad news? An increasing amount of recent evidence demonstrates that 3 or more servings of alcohol per week may increase your risk of breast cancer significantly.

Three.

That’s really not much. Especially for those of us who enjoy a glass of wine with dinner on occasion. Most of us eat dinner more than three times per week!

It’s not exactly new news… that alcohol is negatively connected to breast health. However, the evidence continues to mount.

The sad truth is that breasts and alcohol do not mix. Statistically, each drink we take increases our risk of developing breast cancer. There are numbers tossed around in various studies, like 2 – 5 drinks per day increase our risk by about 1.5 times over those who abstain from alcohol.

(If I had anywhere near 5 drinks per day I’m guessing it would increase my risk for a whole bunch of problems!)

Other research papers show that even 1 drink per day is statistically significant.

I know how skewed “research” can be, and how numbers can be twisted around to make them look especially meaningful… when, in reality, there’s not a whole lotta’ statistical significance to be found. (The pharmaceutical industry has become masterful at spinning numbers in this way!)
Also, it’s impossible to look at this issue, or most issues of health, in an isolated vacuum. For example, in these studies, what are subjects’ diets like? What are their stress levels like? What medications are they on? What environmental toxins are they exposed to? What are their sleep patterns like? What are their movement patterns like? Are they overweight? (Toxins are harbored in fat cells.) Do they have mercury fillings? Have they ever had major dental work, like a root canal? (There’s a connection to breast cancer there, too.) Are they taking, or have they ever taken, drugs that alter their hormonal production and function? And while we’re at it,  have they consumed conventional meat or dairy products from animals treated with hormones?

We can ask all these questions in the present time, as well as considering the responses to these questions throughout the woman’s lifetime. That’s how health is created… and that’s how sickness is created. Over time. All our choices add up.

So, while someone who abstains from alcohol may be statistically “better off” according to many studies, it’s hard to fully wrap your brain around that possibility is she’s eating fast food, or conventional meat and eggs, or drinking conventional cow’s milk, or doesn’t sleep well, or is always stressed out, or is taking birth control medication, or doesn’t exercise much, or is overweight, or lives in a toxic environment…

And on the other hand, if someone is having a few drinks each week, but otherwise makes fairly healthy (non-toxic) choices… well, you see how the water can get muddy!

All that being said, it’s still hard to argue any real benefit of drinking alcohol, other than the “stress reduction” effects that many hold near and dear to their hearts.

Alcohol increases circulating estrogen levels and it makes the liver and makes it work harder. (One of the reasons is because alcohol gets broken down to acetaldehyde – which is a toxin similar to  formaldehyde. The liver already has a lot going on with our modern day levels of toxicity it needs to process… this is just an added burden.) Alcohol is also a quick source of sugar. Cancer cells love sugar!

If you’re fully committed to having that glass of wine, or whatever your drink of choice is, there are some things you can do to offset some of the toxic risks to you and your breasts:

    • Obviously, drink less… both quantity and frequency. Find something else to drink and something else to do!
    • Make sure you’re ultra-hydrated with pure water and/or pure herbal tea to keep the negative effects flowing right through you!
    • Choose red wine over other alcoholic beverages. It’s true that it does contain some antioxidants which can protect cells from oxidative stress (one of the major risk factors for cancer and other chronic, degenerative illness). Better yet, choose an organic red wine that lacks sulfates and other gnarly toxins.
    • If you’re going to have a drink, forget about taking drugs… even “common” drugs, like acetaminophen (found in Tylenol). This is a tough combination for the liver to process and has been shown to cause disastrous outcomes.
    • You can add detoxification to your ongoing lifestyle choices by doing simple things, like taking saunas regularly; getting regular massages; gently bouncing on an exercise ball, or a rebounder, or a trampoline, or using a whole body vibration platform – all stimulate your lymphatic system to help clear toxicity.
    • Also, eating more cruciferous vegetables and drinking “super foods” green drinks and green tea can help keep toxicity and out-of-balance estrogen levels in check.
    • You can add certain “breast health specific” supplements to your nutritional arsenal, as well. I love EcoNugenics products, especially BreastDefend.


BreastDefend

from: Econugenics

  • A few times per year, commit to a thorough “house cleaning”! I recommend doing a detoxification program that not only cleanses the liver, intestines, and colon like average cleanses do, but a program that addresses the much deeper level of the cell membrane. This is not your run-of-the-mill cleanse or detox kit found at a health store! Contact me if you’d like more info about how to do this properly.

We’ve got a lot on our plates, when it comes to breast health.

Really, anything that could be throwing our hormonal balance out of whack needs to be carefully considered. (That’s a long list, by the way!)

One of the smartest things we can do is to THINK before we take that next drink. It’s a choice, and you’re a big girl. The more healthy choices we make, the more predictable the outcome will be. The more toxic choices we make, well… the more predictable the outcome will be!

 

 

16 Tips for Optimal Breast Health

breast health

Breast health is a subject near and dear to many of our hearts. I have had breast “issues” for about 6 years now, so it’s something that’s on my mind. A lot.

My mom had breast cancer. She passed away five years ago – just a little over two years after her diagnosis. I don’t “buy into” the genetic connection, per say. It’s incomplete. I do very much “buy into” family connections (similar lifestyle choices and environmental experiences) based upon the science of Epigenetics.

Essentially, it’s the environment that the cells are exposed to, day in and day out, that will determine whether or not they express their coded message. In the case of cancer cells, it takes a specific set of environmental circumstances over time for the cancer cells to express their message of “cancer”.

Since I’m not a fan of conventional approaches to breast issues, particularly what ‘they’ call “preventive care”, I’m keenly on the look-out for strategies and solutions that are safe, effective, and make physiological sense.

Earlier this year, I was introduced to a nutritional supplement company that makes high-quality products (EcoNugenics). In fact, a few of their products have shown excellent results with cancer. I purchased a couple for my dad (with prostate cancer) – one that is a major immune system strengthener, the other is shown to dramatically reduce the spread of cancer.

(Now, if I could just get my dad to remember to take these things, we’d probably be a bit better off…! It’s OK. He’s my dad and does things his way. I’m used to it!)

Anyhow, the product that has some good traction regarding decreasing the spread of cancer is PectaSol-C Modified Citrus Pectin. It’s also demonstrating benefits for overall breast and prostate health.

So, I started taking this a couple months ago, along with another of EcoNugenics immune-boosting products.

In the months leading up to this, my breast symptoms had been on a steady incline. Two days on these products, and I noticed 80-90% improvement! I, for one, am the first to point out that there are always multiple factors involved – in both healing, and in getting “sick” in the first place. So, who knows?! It was pretty uncanny timing, though!

Let’s talk about breast health a bit, and outline some tips and strategies that can help ensure healthy breast tissue down the road.

The first 7 tips are actually borrowed from EcoNugenics. Then, I’ve added a few of my own that I know make a difference with me, personally, as well as other women I’ve consulted with over the years.

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From EcoNugenics:

Here are seven straightforward ways to not only support lifelong breast health, but total-body wellness in the process!

1. Eat colorful fruits & vegetables every day (try for organic).
Most of us agree that eating enough fruits and vegetables everyday can be hard, so here are some simple solutions:  Incorporate vegetables into a few easy recipes of meals that you can love. Try different greens in your salad, besides regular iceberg or romaine lettuce. Spinach, watercress, kale and other greens will help spike the nutritional value of your standard salad. Cruciferous veggies, such as broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, and kale provide exceptional vitamins, enzymes, antioxidants and phytonutrients as well as DIM (diindolylmethane), a powerful compound which research shows supports breast health by assisting in the proper metabolism of estrogen.*

Whenever possible, opt for organic fruits and vegetables, and be aware of the top 12 non-organic produce items with the highest levels of pesticides. You can find the list of the “Dirty Dozen,” compiled by Environmental Working Group, here. By choosing organic, you reduce your exposure to common pesticides which are proven to harm breast, cellular and overall health.

2. Get moving

If you don’t exercise every day, don’t beat yourself up or decide that it’s too late to start. Take action now with a short walk around the block, gradually increasing to thirty minutes a day if possible. Even a brisk walk twice a week provides health benefits. Not only does exercise help you lose weight and manage stress, but it actively fights abnormal cell growth and provides a host of other well-documented benefits.*

3. Maintain a healthy weight and metabolism
Get motivated to lose a few extra pounds! In a study of 5,450 women, scientists determined a relationship between high insulin levels (often associated with unhealthy weight) and compromised breast health.* Women with the highest insulin levels were more than twice as likely to develop breast health problems as those with the lowest insulin levels. Extra weight also encourages high estrogen levels, the hormone that can stimulate unhealthy breast cell growth. The more fat cells you have, the more estrogen is pumped through the body on a daily basis. Balanced weight leads to balanced hormones, reducing your risk for breast health issues.*

4. Get enough rest
Getting about eight hours of sleep a night promotes overall health and also gives the body time to restore its cells. Melatonin, a hormone produced while you sleep during the night, also contributes to healthy cellular activity.* Listen to your body and get some sleep when you need it the most, and avoid overnight work shifts if possible, as this type of schedule is associated with increased risks to breast and other areas of health.* If you have to work through the night, be sure to follow the other tips outlined in the article, and do your best to get enough restful and regular sleep during the day. Doing things like avoiding caffeine near the end of your shift and using light-blocking curtains can help!*

5. Focus on specific natural ingredients
Doctors from across the medical spectrum agree on several potent natural ingredients and compounds that support healthy cellular function, especially in the area of breast health. The substantiated list includes diindolylmethane (DIM), quercetin, turmeric, Chinese skullcap, astragalus, and medicinal mushrooms.* While the research on these ingredients continues to spark the interest of modern scientists, natural health traditions have relied on their benefits for centuries. DIM, obtained from eating broccoli, promotes healthy estrogen metabolism.* Quercetin is a flavonoid shown to have amazing cellular effects in animal and laboratory studies, which show that it can inhibit the growth of unhealthy cells.* The spice turmeric helps the body process toxins and diminish the blood supply to aberrant cells.* Astragalus is a respected herb for managing stress, boosting immunity and offering antioxidant support.* Medicinal mushrooms have long been used to address diverse areas of health in traditional Asian practices and ongoing research continues to demonstrate how they promote cellular health.*

6. Reduce or avoid alcohol intake
Practice moderation when it comes to imbibing. Research has established a link between excess alcohol consumption and breast health problems. A study of 13,885 women found that those who had 14 or more alcoholic drinks per week experienced a 24 percent increase for developing abnormal breast cells. A well-known Harvard study involving 38,000 healthy women showed that those who drank more than 12 ounces of wine each day were 32 percent more likely to develop abnormal breast cells.

7. Use targeted daily supplements
For superior breast health support, BreastDefend is a comprehensive formula which synergistically combines the most advanced and bioavailable compounds shown to promote healthy breast cells.* Recent studies have shown this unique formula offers significant support for breast health.*  BreastDefend contains DIM, in addition to quercetin, turmeric rhizome curcumin extract (BCM-95®), astragalus root, Scutellaria barbata extract, and Coriolus (Trametes versicolor) mushroom, Reishi (Ganoderma lucidum) mushroom and Phellinus linteus mushroom specially grown on immune and cellular supporting herbs.* This effective combination of extracts, herbs, and specially grown medicinal mushrooms offers a powerful tool to promote breast health and support overall vitality, without toxic side effects.*

BreastDefend was also recently studied together with PectaSol-C® Modified Citrus Pectin. Results demonstrated even greater breast health protection and support, through the combination of the two nutraceuticals.* In essence, PectaSol-C boosted the already powerful actions of BreastDefend in the support and protection of breast health and overall wellness.
With the tips presented here, together with the powerful research behind BreastDefend and PectaSol-C Modified Citrus Pectin, you have a targeted strategy to protect breast health and maintain vitality throughout life.

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From Dr. Mom Online…

First, I think EcoNugenics’ product, PectaSol-C Modified Citrus Pectin is an absolute MUST for anyone ever diagnosed with cancer. This is one of the top recommendations we make in our Integrative Cancer Recovery Program.

Buy Pectasol-C for Cellular Health

Here are a few others I think make a difference in breast health and breast symptoms:

8. Lay off the caffeine. Caffeine directly effects blood vessels. If any of the symptoms of breast pain or discomfort are related to blood vessels, then it would benefit us to minimize our intake. (That was directed to me, personally. Ugh.) By the way, if you’re drinking coffee, whether it’s caffeinated or decaffeinated, make sure it’s organic. Coffee beans are one of the most heavily sprayed plants on our planet. Upgrading to organic is NOT an expense. This is a very serious investment in food safety and your health.

9. Breathe deeply and de-stress. Personally, when I’m overly stressed or caught up with stinkin’ thinkin’, my symptoms are at the absolute worst. As soon as I start with deep breathing and relaxation (and removing the source of stress, if possible), I can feel an immediate relief of symptoms. Overall, when I incorporate stress management techniques into my daily routine, not only do I feel better and function better overall, but I notice fewer breast symptoms as a whole. I’m not naive enough to think that we can remove stress from our lives. But, we sure do have a choice in how we respond to it, don’t we?!

10. Pull out that sweet tooth! Sugar is just a vicious little varmit. It wreaks havoc on our health in countless ways. I notice that when I consume too much sugar, my symptoms return… wickedly fast. When you’re considering your sugar intake, it’s not just about sweets and junk food and baked goods. Don’t forget those foods that convert to sugar quickly in your body – foods like bread, pasta, cereal, crackers, pretzels, and on and on. Don’t get wise with me and think you’ll side-step this issue by using artificial sweeteners! That is a toxic choice that reaps toxic consequences in every tissue of the body… not just breast tissue! (Keep in mind that stress makes us crave more sugar… all the more reason to have an effective outlet for your stress.)

11. Watch out for gluten. I’ve seen this in our practice, and heard this from enough women now to know it plays a role for a lot of us, whether we’ve quite put our finger on it yet or not. For a growing number of people, gluten is a problem. It can manifest itself in an incredible number of ways, often mimicking other illnesses and conditions. Simply, I’ve seen women give up gluten and their breast symptoms completely clear up. (Same thing with sugar, by the way.)

12. Let the girls breathe, for cryin’ out loud! You’ve heard it before – underwire and push-up bras can cause a lot of breast problems. So can any other clothing that is constrictive and prevents your lymphatic system from fully functioning. Sure, our culture is obsessed with “the look” these clothes provide… but, then again, our culture is suffering with breast cancer like at no other time in history. Let the girls relax a bit, at least the majority of the time. ‘Nuff said.

13. Sweat is your Hot Sauce, girl! Again, nothing new here. Anti-perspirants are the nemesis of breast health. Quick anatomy & physiology lesson here: YOU ARE SUPPOSED TO SWEAT! How on earth do you think all those nasty toxins are going to leave your body if you block one of the major exit routes?! Nobody likes those sweat circles, agreed. But I dislike breast cancer even more. There are non-toxic deodorants you can use. No excuses. Plus, the less toxic you are (by following many of the other tips here), the less stinky your sweat tends to be. Seriously. Finally, if you’re exercising and working up a sweat – that’s a GREAT thing – let your hot sauce flow! It’s one of the often-neglected benefits of challenging exercise… it’s detoxifying!

14. Take care of your “structure”. Let’s not forget to overlook the obvious here. Well, maybe it’s just obvious to ME because I’m a Chiropractor! When the spine is chronically dysfunctional (not moving freely, or out of alignment), or there’s chronically poor posture, or chronic muscle imbalance and tension… any and ALL of these can refer pain and  symptoms into the breast. That’s just how our ultra-cool body works! It’s all connected. So, I’d recommend regular Chiropractic care, as well as soft tissue work. In addition, take a look at your daily postural patterns. for example, if the way you sit at home, at work, our in your car causes you to round your shoulders and upper back, and push your head forward while decreasing your cervical (neck) curve, then your posture is a major problem. This will affect a LOT of things, breast health included.

15. Control your hormones, woman! A lot of women notice fluctuations in their breast symptoms that correspond to various stages of their monthly cycles. Others notice a brand new set of symptoms and their timing as they ease into pre-menopause and menopause. Hormones are most definitely involved. I am not a fan (mild understatement) of artificially altering our hormonal levels with drugs like hormone replacement or birth control pill. It’s like playing with fire. (I know there are individual cases where it might provide a temporary ‘solution’…) I also don’t think we should be tinkering with our hormone levels by using hormone creams… unless we know the cause of our hormonal imbalance, and exactly which hormones are out of balance. Address the cause. There are accurate tests for this now, and doctors who know how to help you restore healthy function, holistically. While we’re on the topic of hormones, start to minimize your exposure to synthetic estrogens (found in various plastic items, for example), as well as “modern” soy foods & ingredients whenever possible. Both alter our natural hormone levels.

16. Smushing and radiating is not a winning combination. I’ll keep this one short and sweet. Mammograms are not your only option for highly effective and highly sensitive diagnostic tests. Thermal imaging has been shown to be equally effective at identifying problems in the breast tissue… WITHOUT dramatically interfering with the breast cells and then radiating them! Just sayin’. There’s gotta’ be a better way. (And, voila! There is!)

Well, there you go. Lots of ideas for taking good care of our breasts, and the rest of our health.

Let me know what YOU add to these tips to ensure healthy breast tissue… I’d love to hear it!